Tuesday, Nov 18, 2008
Beijing authorities have issued an order to destroy the home of one of China’s leading rights activists who has been in police custody for more than 200 days, her husband and lawyer said Tuesday.
Beijing’s Xicheng court ordered developers to level the home of Ni Yulan and told the family to vacate the premises by the end of last week, husband Dong Jiqin told AFP, adding he had refused to leave.
“They stuck the demolition notice on our front door,” Dong said.
“Nobody came to talk with us, there were no negotiations for compensation, no public hearings.”
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For over a decade, Ni, 47, has been a prominent rights activist and lawyer fighting against government-backed land grabs in central Beijing, one of the city’s most sensitive social issues.
As all land belongs to the state in China, local officials enjoy immense powers to determine land-use rights, and critics say residents and farmers are often forcefully evicted in shady deals between the government and developers.